In March 2020, Hollywood’s famous Chateau Marmont hotel responded to the pandemic by firing virtually its entire workforce, leaving workers who had dedicated decades of their lives to the hotel without job security or health coverage during the public health crisis. Many of the hotel’s workers have since spoken out about their experiences working at the hotel, including on issues of disrespect, mistreatment, and a racially stratified workplace – issues widely reported in the press. Perhaps that’s why, even as other hotels recall their workers and resume operations, the Chateau Marmont has been dragging its feet on rehiring the workers.
Under California’s right to recall law, the hotel is required to hire back these workers as it resumes operations. UNITE HERE Local 11, which has assisted the hotel workers, believes that’s why the Chateau Marmont remains largely dark while other hotels have reopened to accommodate the summer’s rebound in tourist and business travel.
As Catholics we believe that a properly ordered business is a partnership between capital and labor. The labor of these workers built the Chateau Marmont into the prosperous property that it is, and these workers deserve to be restored to their jobs.
You can help. end the Chateau Marmont a message today saying that YOU won’t patronize the hotel until the hotel has demonstrated a commitment to respecting its workers’ years of service by rehiring them in accordance with their legal rights and to ensuring that all workers — regardless of their race, sex, or background–feel treated with dignity and respect. CLICK HERE to send a message!